Helen Megan

Santa Rosa, California Travel Agent

An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Grand Voyage Specialist & Concierge Host

The Amsterdam - our winter home for 4 years
The Amsterdam - our winter home for 4 years

I am fortunate enough to have the time and the means to be at sea for half of each year. I have taken 27 cruises in my life and hosted 17 of them, adding up to a total of 765 hosting days at sea. This hear,  I will be hosting a family group to Alaska and Iceland, Greenland and Scotland on HAL's Prinsendam.

My first career was in computers and communications, technical, sales and management. Long before I became a travel agent, my husband and I were leading groups to the places we had lived and loved, including Montreal, Hong Kong, and the California Wine Country where we still make our home.

We have always traveled extensively and have been known to rent a barge in France, a castle on the Loire, a casa in Puerto Escondido, and villas in Tuscany and on the French Riviera. We've even done some of these things more than once! In 2018, it will be a barge and a Castle in Ireland. We have a well-known Napa chef/restaurant owner, who will be doing his third round with us.

If you are considering a world cruise and want the advice of someone with world experience, I'm the right advisor for you—wildly valuable if you sail with me.

are worried I might be traveling when you need me, I keep a world phone with me and am very effective on email.  I also keep someone on land to make additional arrangements, for both traveling clients and those who want to book right this minute. 

Travel Leaders Network, formerly Vacation.com, gives me the long hauls because they are the most challenging. They know they can trust me, because I get rave reviews like these:

  • “Helen's dynamism, organizational skills, and caring personality are a potent combination.”
  • “She is an excellent, attractive person, always ready to help in an emergency or to provide a listening ear as needed. I was delighted when I found out she would be on another cruise with me.”
  • “Helen was the most amazing host.”
  • “Helen went out of her way to obtain information for us, and it felt good to have her contact information and know she’d be there for us, if needed, as she was for fellow passengers with medical emergencies on more than one occasion.”
  • “She’s exceptional, a great Distinctive Voyages representative. We could not have had anyone better."
  • “She knows the DV passengers and actively supports them. Her high energy and strong interpersonal skills make her the ideal DV concierge."
  • “This was a totally new experience and my first time out alone. Without Helen’s support, it would not have been the great experience that it was.”
  • “Helen arranged many extra events, on board and off, which were very enjoyable. The best concierge host ever!”
  • “She created a family-like atmosphere and her warmth and knowledge helped us to enjoy the voyage very much.”
  • “I’ve been with Helen before and she is the best. She’s always welcoming, willing, friendly and ready to have fun!”
  • She made our world cruise the best cruise we have had to date. Hope to cruise with her again.”

 

My Reviews

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

She de-mystified cruising as a way to travel.

Reviewed By Andrea - Magog, Qc | Traveled to
For some time we had toyed with the idea of taking a cruise but found the information available overwhelming; how to choose different shipping lines, pick out the right options for us , how to get there? We have been independent travellers before but with reduced mobility and increasing age , thought we needed to consider other options. Helen was extremely helpful and patient. She took the time to explain different options between cruise lines and she was always available to respond to any questions. The best was that she kept an eye on our trip plans and made sure there no problems; I was touched that she reviewed our stay in Athens and thought we were going to be short one night at the hotel. As it turned out we had an extra night on the ship so there was no problem. But that shows that she kept an eye on us even from afar!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Consistently Customer Focused

Reviewed By SilviaPH - Kelowna British Columbia | Traveled to
Helen's first concern is about the customers' needs and focuses her service towards those needs. Her indepth industry and practical knowledge ensures that you will experience an exceptional travel result. Helen has provided us with several cruises and air travel arrangements and we have never had a problem with her suggestions and advice. We highly recommend Helen for professional service and great advice.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Helen Megan

Reviewed By Andrea - Montreal QC | Traveled to
Helen takes the time to find you what you want if at all possible by calling the right resources. She is especially knowledgeable in cruises. She always gets back to you quickly & spends the time to do her research. She is friendly & makes planning seem fun. She will also address problems & find solutions. Helen is an excellent Travel Agent.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Just plain - Thank you

Reviewed By Ulla - Palm Desert | Traveled to
Helen gets extremely involved and one can feel that she is trying to get the best possible 'deal' out for you. She also is listening what your financial abilities are and what you really want and would like. She also suggests if she knows the place what to add, to do. Very reliable, honest, efficiant, hard working, professional, fun - and as an honest input - sometimes I felt overwhelmed with information, the way I tick is that I need not to know about every single move that she is doing unless there are Q's. All in all, for the reasonably short time she is doing that, Helen is doing a great, wonderful job, thank you friend :-)
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Responsible and fun

Reviewed By Rosey - Ontario Canada | Traveled to
Helen Megan always ready and willing to make our holiday very special Absolutely perfect.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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